University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
College of Biological Sciences

Upcoming Events

Interested in seeing more than just the Fish Lake Nature Trail? Come join us at one of our upcoming events! Most of the events listed below take place at Cedar Creek’s Lindeman Discovery and Research Center (2660 Fawn Lake Drive NE, East Bethel), and give you the opportunity to dive deep into new topics, explore new places on the property, and become part of the Cedar Creek ESR community!

To register, get more information, or ask questions, please contact Caitlin Barale Potter at or 612-301-2602 (feel free to leave a message!). Hope to see you soon!

September 9th, 1pm – 5pm: Cedar Creek’s 75th Anniversary Celebration!

Did you come celebrate Cedar Creek's 75th? Do you have pictures or stories to share? If so, please email them to Caitlin (! Thank you!



September 16th: Cedar Creek Wildlife Survey day - NEW DATE

Join your fellow trackers and citizen scientists for our summer survey. We’ll be out on the property in teams looking for track and sign and documenting what animals are using our natural areas! More info available herePLEASE RSVP TO CAITLIN (caitlin@umn.eduOR JONATHAN ( (free, adults recommended).





September 23rd, 9am – 2:30pm: Herpetofauna Monitoring Workshop

Join expert naturalists Beth Girard and Chris Smith to learn how to monitor and handle amphibians and reptiles! You'll learn the proper protocols, identifications and safe handling techniques in captive situations and in the field. You'll also get to build your field observation and photography techniques, and learn to use coverboards, drift fences, pitfall traps and more. This all-day workshop is the "be-all-end-all" for those who love herps! Course fee: $50. Register online through the Master Naturalist website.

September 30th, 9am – 3pm: Cambridge Fall Festival

Swing by the City Center Market in Cambridge for a fun day of fall-themed activities and games for the whole family! Cedar Creek will be there teaching about ecology and supervising some of the games and activities. We hope to see you there!


October 2nd, 6pm – 7:30pm: Nature Talk (with a focus on climate change) at the Johnsville Library

Join scientists from Cedar Creek at the Johnsville Library in Blaine as they discuss climate change, Cedar Creek research, and projected impacts on Minnesota. Free and aimed at adults, registration available here


October 10th, 6pm – 8pm: Cedar Creek Ecology Book Club

This month's Ecology Book Club (organized by Minnesota Master Naturalists here at Cedar Creek) will meet at the Lindeman Research and Discovery Center and will discuss "The World Without Us" by Alan Weisman. This book addresses the legacy humans are leaving behind on Planet Earth and what will happen if we are no longer here to maintain what we have created. No need to have finished the book to join us and no science background necessary. Questions? Email or ask a question on the book club facebook page.


October 14th and 15th: Weekend-long Tracking Training at Fort Snelling

Did you miss the June training weekend for the Cedar Creek Wildlife Survey? Or are you generally interested in learning how to identify animals through their track and sign? Join Jon and other members of the Minnesota Tracking Survey for an in-depth look at the secret world of animals. WORKSHOP TAKES PLACE AT FORT SNELLING STATE PARK. More info available herePLEASE REGISTER ONLINE OR BY EMAILING KRISTA ( ). Questions? EMAIL JONATHAN ( (free, adults recommended).


October 21st: Cedar Creek Wildlife Survey day 

Join your fellow trackers and citizen scientists for our fall survey. We’ll be out on the property in teams looking for track and sign and documenting what animals are using our natural areas! More info coming soon. PLEASE RSVP TO CAITLIN (caitlin@umn.eduOR JONATHAN ( (free, adults recommended).